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By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Important transgender pregnancy doc has strong language.

Movie NR 2019 91 minutes
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This brave and unflinching documentary offers insight into an experience rarely seen or talked about. It is an important opportunity for those unaware of the trans experience to go on a journey with Freddy and those close to him, and to see first-hand the problematic issues that still surround gender identity in the modern world. The title references the way in which male seahorses carry their young. Director Jeanie Finlay uses undersea images as well as footage of Freddy as a child to further express his journey as his decreasing testosterone and changing body make him think about his old name and pronouns.

Freddy is open and generous providing access to himself and those around him over the course of three years. Seahorse captures the daily micro-aggressions he experiences -- from the gendered language used by medical professionals to behavior from those around him -- that force him to keep explaining and defending his desire to do something that is essentially the most natural thing: to bring another human into the world.

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